Almost 3,000 runners took to the city’s streets this weekend as part of the annual Leicester Half Marathon.
The 13.1 mile event, which took place yesterday (Sunday, October 30), started and finished at Leicester’s Victoria Park, taking runners on a route through the city and Melton Road, into Thurmaston and Birstall, before returning to the starting point.
The half marathon was won by Ryan Creech of Leevale AC in a time of 01:06:32, followed by Mo Hussein (Roadhoggs Leicester AC) in 01:08:41. Danny Hallam of Wreake & Soar Valley, was third man home in a time of 01:09:04.
Kate Wells (Telford AC) was first lady back in a time of 01:25:21, followed closely by Vicky Baddick of Charnwood AC in 01:25:35, and Rebecca Randell (Shepshed Running Club) in 01:25:43.
At Sunday’s event’s, runners were also given the option of running a 10k contingent, which was won by Ben Kruze (Stratford Upon Avon AC) in an impressive 31:55. First lady back was Chloe Finlay of Peterborough & Nene Valley AC in a time of 39:42.
Among those who took part in the 10k race, was Braunstone’s David Needham, who completed the challenge in a wheelchair for the Leicester Tiger’s Foundation.
However, Mr Needham was forced to power his chair with just one arm for the majority of the course after one of the levers broke just after the 3K mark.
“Unfortunately my kit let me down, and I had to push most of it round with one arm,” he told the Leicester Times.
“I lost one of the levers at around 3K, so I did the other seven with just one arm, which slowed me down!”
The popular annual race attracted runners ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to club athletes, all raising money for a range of charities including Leicester’s LOROS Hospice.
To see the full set of results, visit: https://results.resultsbase.net/results.aspx?CId=8&RId=20061